Towers High students to start wearing uniforms in January

The students behind Towers Principal Ralph Simpson will be wearing school uniforms in January. File photo


School uniforms will be the new fashion statement at Towers High School when students return from the winter holiday break in January.

Student will be required to wear khaki pants, shorts or skirts, along with golf, polo or button down shirts. The shirts can be of any color or pattern.

“It gives us an identity,” said Towers Principal Ralph Simpson. “One of the things that has plagued Towers High School is the negative image that the school had. I believe that the students were more in favor of [the dress code change] because it gives them an identity.”

The students and parents also said the uniforms would save them money, Simpson said.

“They don’t have to worry about what they’re going to wear. They don’t have to worry about impressing their peers,” he said. “They don’t have to worry about …being talked about by their peers.

“Ultimately it cuts down on the level of disruptions and distractions that typically take place as a result of what someone is wearing—the inappropriateness of things that can be worn or how they can be worn,” Simpson said.

The idea to change the dress come was the result of a whim, Simpson said.

“It was an effort to get more parents out to the PTSA meeting,” he said. “Making the announcement on the intercom like I did to the students—typically you find in a high school that students don’t want to wear uniforms because of their individuality—I figured that they would run home complaining to their parents…and the parents would come out and support their children.

“But, interestingly enough, kids were going up to their teachers and administrators with a level of excitement,” he said. “Students were stopping me in the hall, so I said maybe this is something we should entertain.”

At a PTSA meeting the parents in attendance favored the change and the idea was approved by the school’s parents council.

More than 300 of the school’s 900 students signed a petition in support of the dress code change. Approximately 100 parents surveyed also consented. At a Dec. 5 PTSA meeting parents voted unanimously to require student uniforms, Simpson said.

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  1. C Peterson says:

    The new fashion statement can also include developing an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP).

    Because they generally start while a student is in middle school and are updated frequently, ILPs also allow students including those with disabilities and their families to engage in comparatively early and in-depth transition planning.

    Check out the United States Department of Labor’s suggestions:

    Freshman Year (9th Grade):

    Freshman year is the warm-up for your high school experience — it’s all about adjusting to a new school, meeting new people, trying fun extracurricular activities, and kickstarting your college, job, career and life plan.

    Sophomore Year (10th grade):

    Now that you’ve warmed up, your sophomore year is all about exploring your skills and interests and discovering college majors, jobs and careers they could lead to. You can also use this year to begin to figure out an active role in your health, wellness and personal care.

    Junior Year (11th grade):

    Junior year is the time to use what you’ve learned about yourself so far to make your college, job, career and life plan! This includes setting goals and mapping out the steps you will take to achieve them.

    Senior Year (12th grade):

    You made it to senior year! You’ve worked hard to create your college, job, career and life plan. Now it’s time to finalize this plan and put it into action!

  2. C Peterson says:

    Starting January 2014

    Individuals who have not received a high school diploma or its equivalent have an opportunity to earn one. When you earn a GED diploma, you have also earned the opportunity to find a stable job with a good income. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, a person with a high school or GED diploma will earn $7,658 more annually than a non-high school graduate.

    Quick Facts from the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG)

    •GED preparation classes are free. Contact your local Adult Education Center (list) or locate a center for information about classes.
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    •Two of every three people who take the GED test plan to obtain additional education.
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